Collier Haulage of Pontypool only came into being in 2010, but the recent delivery of five Volvo FH-500 6×2 tractor units with Globetrotter XL cabs, supplied by Truck and Bus Wales & West, Newport, has seen the company’s fleet grow to 18 trucks with a further four on order.
Collier Haulage Managing Director Gregg Griffiths concedes an element of the success is directly attributable to the company’s decision to operate Volvo trucks, supported by Truck and Bus Wales & West in Newport. “From day one I’ve relied on Volvo,” he says. “My first truck in 2010 was a used Volvo FH-460. It was basically just me and the truck – I drove, in the main delivering empty pallets and exhibition stands, and the cab doubled-up as my office.”

Gregg Griffiths attributes the company’s rapid development to the customer service he and his team provide. “I have always striven to do what customers want and when they want it,” he says. “This, combined with a degree of good fortune I guess, has enabled the company to grow exponentially over the past six years.”

The company soon established itself as a general haulier and now provides national coverage. “From me and my Volvo FH-460 we’ve grown more than I could have imagined,” says Gregg. “We now have 21 employees and the entire fleet comprises Volvo FH tractor units with two-year R&M contracts at the dealership in Newport.”

“Put simply,” adds Gregg, “Volvo trucks work and I’m not going to change something that’s not broken. I certainly think Volvo build better trucks than other manufacturers and this is borne out through their reliability. Furthermore, the I-Shift automated transmission is simply the best on the market, bar none.”

Alongside reliability, Gregg is keen to recognise the support provided by Truck and Bus Wales & West in Newport. “The team at the dealership are hugely supportive and carry out all our servicing and maintenance needs either in the evening or at weekends. This means we’re never really off the road and that’s a compelling reason to stick with Volvo and this dealership,” he says.